Va. Teen Bullied into Suicide, Says Mom

Va. Teen Bullied into Suicide, Says Mom

There are 11 comments on the WSEE-TV Erie story from Jun 4, 2010, titled Va. Teen Bullied into Suicide, Says Mom. In it, WSEE-TV Erie reports that:

Christian Taylor, left, with actor Mark Harmon and Taylor's brother. RICHMOND, Va.

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Richmond Mom

Glen Allen, VA

#1 Jun 4, 2010
Richmonders are such a nasty mean spirited group of people. These kids are learning it from their parents- I know that much.

The parents have no respect for others and the kids have no respect either.

Since: May 10

Hoschton, GA

#2 Jun 4, 2010
I completely agree with you. I have never felt depressed until I moved here.

Since: Feb 10

Midlothian, VA

#3 Jun 5, 2010
Richmond Mom wrote:
Richmonders are such a nasty mean spirited group of people. These kids are learning it from their parents- I know that much.
The parents have no respect for others and the kids have no respect either.
Then teach them better Richmond Mom. Not all kids are thugs and many still are taught to respect others.

Unfortunately, the current generation of parents think that the "Village" is responsible for teaching their kids thanks to idiots like Hitlery Clinton.

Your children are YOUR responsibility as parents. Do your job people or don't procreate.
Tess

Ludvika, Sweden

#4 Jun 5, 2010
I grew up there, and I think very often of that culture of fear and aggression. I am so sorry this young man suffered unspeakable pain and saw no hope.

Unbelievable this fellow from Midlothian saw this as an opportunity to spew hate. It really is 'upside down world.'
Glen Allen

Mechanicsville, VA

#5 Jun 5, 2010
On another news thread I commented that the VA General Assembly needs to pass legislation to protect students from bullying. I was looking up laws in other states earlier and found that Virginia already does have (passed) legislation regarding this issue - see here http://www.bullypolice.org/va_law.html Unless I missed it however, the law fails to give a deadline in which Virginia schools have to enact the policies described in the law, if a deadline is not there, it needs to be put in place. No child should be afraid to go to school. These laws need not only to be printed in the school's students conduct release, but if not already, they need to be discussed in class followed by a mandatory quiz wherein students must pass, or be required to attend "special" classes along with mom and dad.
Richmond Mom

Glen Allen, VA

#6 Jun 5, 2010
Tess wrote:
I grew up there, and I think very often of that culture of fear and aggression. I am so sorry this young man suffered unspeakable pain and saw no hope.
Unbelievable this fellow from Midlothian saw this as an opportunity to spew hate. It really is 'upside down world.'
It is not just fear and agression here. It is pure malice and thought out hate and retaliation against people. If you piss off a neighbor, they take it out on your kid. If you piss off a friend, they get other friends to flatten your tire. God for bid if you piss of your preacher.
Glen Allen

Richmond, VA

#7 Jun 5, 2010
Lets not forget that this unfortunate event did not happen in Richmond, but 50+ miles away in Yorktown. Regardless, it is very sad and upsetting. I pray for strength within his family and his girlfriend.

“BSL is BS!”

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#8 Jun 6, 2010
Glen Allen wrote:
Lets not forget that this unfortunate event did not happen in Richmond, but 50+ miles away in Yorktown. Regardless, it is very sad and upsetting. I pray for strength within his family and his girlfriend.
Yeah, I read the article and was confused by others talking like it was in Richmond.

I went to Tabb High and you really have to "fit in" there or you will get bullied incredibly bad, too. All York Country Schools are this way. I graduated in the late 90s, so I can only imagine how much worse it has gotten. And another thing...the parents of these kids that bully could care less, because they probably went to a York Country school and did the same thing when they were kids. York Country is not a large community and everyone knows everyone else.

I played "the game" to survive there myself. I was not someone who bullied, but I was not bullied either. I would just try to be outgoing, participate in clubs and sports, do well in my classes, etc. However, when I graduated I maybe keep in touch with two people afterwards and could have cared less about anyone else.

I always recommend people ask their children how things are going. Get involved. Maybe even set them up with a therapist. Often teens do not want to discuss school matters with their parents but they will with someone else.

My condolences to the family. I can't imagine the pain they are going through.
wow

Newport News, VA

#9 Jun 12, 2010
The entire staff as well as the students at Grafton High school who stood by and did nothing are all responsible for this child's death. As for the little jr. thug that did the bullying, I hope that the york/poquoson police department finds the nerve to charge you with a HATE crime. I know your parents must be so proud of you. But wait, they raised you to be a piece of Sh!^, didn't they?
Don

Baltimore, MD

#10 Jun 18, 2010
School officials/teachers have created an envirement where bullying and peer pressure can breed.

If you observe the activities created by the school officials and their artifical words they place throughout the school, you may discover the problems come from the school officials and teachers NOT the students.

I walk into my sons school office and the word EXCELLENCE and its definition on a poster on the wall and they have an intimidation policy.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#11 Jun 20, 2010
Bullying is happening everywhere because the American culture is Have Power/ Don't Have Power. And the Haves like to bully the Have Nots. Look in your workplace. It's everywhere. Little bullies grow up to be big bullies and they go into corporate America and bully some more. The school systems and health care settings are by far the worst places to be for a Have Not. You give people control over other people and this is what they do with the power (Zimbardo prison study). People in these systems like to sit back and watch the little bullies work. Because the people in power are afraid of the bullies and/or admire them.

Schools say they care but they will not step in until it's too late or until a parent makes it an issue. Then they spend all their time and energy covering up the fact that they did nothing. Just like Corporate America. Is HR going to help you if you're bullied? Heck no. They will circle the wagons and protect administration and make you out to be the problem employee. EVERYONE who has ever tried to stand up to a bully knows this. You can't change the school systems until you change the American Culture. And that has to start from the very top. But if you look too closely, you'll find that most of the Commissioners in Virginia tacitly support bullying in the name of politics: Covering up sexual harassment, bullying and retaliatory bureaucratic processes. We call adult bullying "politics" and are forced to accept it because they have the power.

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